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The book of Santa Claus
Howard, Vicky.
Publication Information:
Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
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PN6071.S18 B66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This unique collection of Santa Claus images and prose from antique postcards and books of the late 19th and early 20th centuries captures the magic and joy of jolly ol' Saint Nick and rekindles the childhood excitement of Christmas mornings gone by.

The legend of Santa Claus began in America in 1822 with Clement C. Moore's poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas." This enduring poem, which begins with the now-classic line "Twas the night before Christmas" paints a vivid picture of Saint Nick and his miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. This image was illustrated for the first time by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly in 1863 and became the inspiration for much of the beautifully detailed Victorian art captured in The Book of Santa Claus . This rich compilation celebrates the mystique of Santa Claus through the beautiful illustrations from century-old postcards from that era's preeminent commercial artists, such as Frances Brundage and Ellen Clapsaddle.

Author Vicky Howard's personal collection of cherished postcards began with an album of cards collected by her husband's grandmother, and now numbers in the thousands. With her exhaustive source of images as a starting point, this book presents the fruits of Howard's carefully selected and most treasured pictures of dear, familiar Santa. This precious art from the Golden Age of postcards is coupled with poems on the Christmas joy of Kris Kringle.

You don't have to be a child to appreciate the magic within The Book of Santa Claus . As Howard notes, "We can never outgrow the anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus. He is a magical figure, drawn from the legends, history, and folklore of many countries."

Author Notes

Vicky Howard is an accomplished artist whose images are frequently licensed by companies such as Creative Papers, Dimensions, Gartner, Barton, Converting, Crazy Mountain, and Toland. Her previous books include The Art of Teaching , Christmas Cheer , and The Book of Santa Claus . Vicky lives with her husband, Rex, in Lawrence, Kans.